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The Rock-itt : May 2011
The next picture will give the reader a better perspective of the heights above the Cove with a close up of the Sphinx from a position known as Russell's Top. As the Diggers made the top of the first significant ridge they would be forced by accurate and intense gunfire from the Turks who were occupying the higher ridges to the east to "dig, dig, dig". And this is one of the trenches that these Diggers made; looking to the right of the picture the Turks would be only a few yards away. The top of this range is covered with trenches like this today which visitors can walk through and imagine what it would be like to be subject to the Turkish bombing and shooting. Our next and final picture is of Lone Pine Cemetery at the furthest extent that the Diggers held positions on the battlefield during their 9 month stay in Turkey. A solitary pine tree exists there today and seeds from this type of pine have been brought back to Australia and planted in prominent places throughout the nation as a reminder of the conflict and lives lost. And amongst all these sites are memorials to the Turks who fought and lost their lives. Their casualties from this invasion were significantly greater than the ANZAC's and Empire forces incurred, but they were fighting for their own land. Today, Australian and New Zealand tourists are welcomed at the site by the 1934 inscription of a message from Kemal Ataturk, the last sentence of which reads thus "....After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well". Such generosity of spirit sets aside this great man and at this place of pilgrimage asserts all visitors that the invaders are forgiven. The spot where the annual dawn service is held Lone Pine Cemetery Trenches still there today which visitors can walk through and imagine what it would be like to be subject the Turkish bombing and shooting The height above the Cove